Wood and Ivory Parallel Rule

Description
Part of the navigator’s tool kit, parallel rules were used to transfer compass points, course lines and other directional information across large charts without change. This large wooden set has a carved ivory whale inlaid into its surface, with a brass tack for the whale’s eye.
Object Name
Scrimshaw
parallel rule
scrimshaw parallel rule
Object Type
scrimshaw
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 3/16 in x 4 1/2 in x 3/4 in; 8.09625 cm x 11.43 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
1978.0052.08
accession number
1978.0052
catalog number
1978.52.31
related event
Expansion and Reform
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Exhibition
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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